Project "Dear Darkening Ground"


line-up:   Dré Pallemaerts, drums

               Yannick Peeters, db bass

               Ruben Machtelinckx, guitar

               Nicola Andrioli, piano

               Natashia Kelly, vocals, lyrics, compositions


JazzLab Tour jan.& febr. 2023 ! Laureate and presentation JazzLab Impuls

De W.E.R.F. Records , CD release 14/01/2023



-13/08/22 : Bijloke, Zomerbar, Gent,  "Dear Darkening Ground"


- 12/01/23 : kunstencentrum nona, Mechelen,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

- 15/01/23 : KAAP / Oostende, Oostende,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

- 19/01/23 : CC de Meent, Alsemberg,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

- 20/01/23 : Handelsbeurs, Gent,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

- 26/01/23 : CC De Kimpel, Bilzen,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

- 27/01/23 : CC 't Getouw, RElaX, Mol ,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

- 28/01/23 : CC Casino, Koksijde,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

- 04/02/23 : 30CC Wagehuys, Leuven,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

- 10/02/23 : Rataplan, Borgerhout,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

- 15/02/23 : Muziekcentrum Track*, Kortrijk,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

- 16/02/23 : Flagey, Elsene,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

- 17/02/23 : CC De Werf, Aalst,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

- 19/02/23 : De Casino, Sint-Niklaas,  "Dear Darkening Ground"

 01/2020 full album " Inside The Wave "

Natashia Kelly Group, Digital Album:  INSIDE THE WAVE  , bandcamp

Jan Ghesquière: electric guitar

Brice Soniano: double bass

Natashia Kelly: vocals, compositions

Natashia Kelly embraces an Irish singing tradition: the sean-nòs .The sean-nòs singer has a bare voice, not 'sweet', with a certain 'natural fierceness'. The melody varies from one verse to the next, and from one performance to the next. This is often referred to as the 'variation principle'. Another important aspect of sean-nòs is rhythmic freedom.


With her alert companions Brice Soniano on double bass and Jan Ghesquière on electric guitar, they form an adventurous trio. Their music is open and free in a minimalistic multi-form orchestration, subtle colored and open to world music, jazz and contemporary music.


Their rhythm, without drums, is carried by an ostinato - like the waves that carry the surfers, to stay on the surfboard they need to be very attentive to each other.


A concert undulates from silences to rhythms of trance, from a capella to abstract improvisations, ensuring never to lose the thread of poetry.



Sources of inspiration:

Björk, Sidsel Endresen, Sam Amidon, Iarla O'Lionaird (IE), Joni Mitchell, ...


broadcasted on national radio KLARA: Sunday 14th October '18,  in ' Valckenaerts&Vanhoudt 


Review Enola (April 2018) Guy Peters  "Here was a group that goes straight to the essence. Two sets filled with interaction that put you frequently to the point of your chair. It was stunningly beautiful. The striking poetry of Kelly & co. can't no longer be denied."


Review L'Aéronef Lillle (February 2018) Yann Viseur : "Tout est élégance et subtilité, c'est immédiat. La musique est exigeante, d'autant que les musiciens se promènent sur le fil sans appuis rythmiques traditionnels. Et puis Natashia chante, d'une voix surgie de nulle part, maniant des palettes sonores diverses et entrelacées, dans un registre totalement personnel et habité, qu'on aurait sans doute tort de réduire aux quatre lettres du mot jazz. C'est profond et déchirant, envoûtant et intense, dans une coloration qui marque une très forte personnalité musicale."

Live concert Flagey, Brussels, 05/02/20 - "Best Of Belgian Jazz 19/20".

Live concert Flagey, Brussels 05/02/20 - "Best Of Belgian Jazz" .

Live concert Flagey, Brussels 05/02/20 - "Best Of Belgian Jazz" .

Live concert Flagey, Brussels 05/02/20 - "Best Of Belgian Jazz" .

EP Natashia Kelly Group featuring Juan Parra: The Uncanny. (2015)



broadcasted on national radio Klara: 18th and 28th of February  2016 




“Een intrigerend pareltje. Met The Uncanny EP levert Natashia Kelly Group een pracht van een prestatie af. We zijn alvast erg geïntrigeerd door dit verhaal en zijn erg benieuwd naar nieuwe muziek en vooral ook wat dat live zoal oplevert.” PHILIPPE DE CLEEN, WRITTEN IN MUSIC.


“In de versie van Dylans’ Ballad of a thin man schittert ze en klinkt als het nichtje van Laurie Anderson en Joanna Newsom. Een overtuigend debuut.” GEORGES TONLA BRIQUET, RIFRAF



"Uniqueness, intensity, agility" ( Guy Peters, Enola) 


 "Convincing debut ! " (Georges Tonla Briquet) 


"An intriguing pearl " (Philippe De Cleen) 


" Like the project Bass And Voice, the approach is an approach of purifying and to give beauty to the essence. [...]"

   (D. Debock)